New Delhi, Oct 17: Amid allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him, MJ Akbar has resigned as the Minister of State External Affairs on Wednesday.
In a statement, Akbar said that he was resigning since he had decided to seek justice in a court of law in a personal capacity.
“I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me, also in a personal capacity. I have, therefore, tendered my resignation from the office of Minister of State for External Affairs”.
The development came a day before a Delhi court is to take up the defamation case filed by Akbar against one of the journalists Priya Ramani, who was the first to name him.
Akbar has demanded Ramani’s prosecution under Section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. He alleged that Ramani wilfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously defamed him by making a completely false and frivolous statement which has harmed his goodwill and reputation within the political fraternity, media, friends, family, colleagues and society at large.
In the recent past, apart from Ramani, several other women journalists also accused Akbar of sexual misconduct.
The journalist turned politician, had described the allegations against him as “baseless” and “fabricated”.